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Dr Laura Johnson

Dr Laura Johnson

Dr Laura Johnson
BSc(Lough.), MSc(Sheff.), PhD(Cantab.)

Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition

Office Room 2G1, 12 Woodland Road
School for Policy Studies,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 3310482



Laura Johnson is a Nutritional Epidemiologist and Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition. Her research focuses on establishing the role of overall dietary and eating patterns in the prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease as well as understanding the factors that influence food intake and appetite control. Laura is a personal tutor on the MSc in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health and teaches on the following units:

  • Nutrition, disease and public health
  • Determinants of physical activity and eating behavior

Laura has a BSc. in Human Biology (Loughborough University, 2002), a MSc. in Genetic Epidemiology (University of Sheffield, 2004) and was awarded a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge in 2008.

Previous appointments

2010-12: Epidemiologist on EPIC-Heart (, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Alongside Dr Adam Butterworth and Professor John Danesh, Laura researched the interplay of genetics, biomarkers and lifestyle factors on the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), using a case-cohort design, by developing the long-running European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) to include detailed and validated CHD case information as well as novel in-depth genetic and biochemical assays.

2007-10: Research Associate on Gemini (, Health Behaviour Research Centre, UCL

Working with Professor Jane Wardle and the Gemini study team at UCL, Laura helped set-up and assess diet in Gemini, a large population-based twin birth cohort study involving 2400 families recruited in 2007.  The primary aims of Gemini are to understand the genetic and environmental influences on obesity risk and identifying potentially modifiable determinants of excessive weight gain in early childhood

2004-07: PhD on ALSPAC (, MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit, University of Cambridge

Under the expert supervision of Dr Susan Jebb, Laura explored the dietary determinants of fat mass in children between the ages of 5-9 years, where she found evidence that single nutrients alone, like fat and fibre, had a limited role in the development of fatness but a combination foods (few fruit, vegetables and wholemeal bread but a lot of sweets, crisps and white bread) leading to an energy-dense, high-fat, low-fibre dietary pattern was highly obesogenic.

Professional membership

Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO/IASO)

Nutrition Society












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